Shelf Life Of Decorated Ginger Bread Cookies

Baking By KuyaRomeo Updated 26 Nov 2011 , 1:04pm by mo63

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KuyaRomeo Posted 20 Nov 2011 , 10:12pm
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It's that time of the year again . . .

We are going to be doing decorated gingerbread cookies on a stick this year, and putting them in our small retail. This is our first year, and the owner of the shoppe says it gets nuts in December . . but so far . . it's pretty slow as of November.

We will be putting a clear plastic bag over the cookie, and tying it tight with holiday ribbon.

Seeing that (1) the cookie already needs to sit out for a long time to allow the RI to harden . . . how long will the cookie remain fresh, in the plastic bag out on the retail shelf?

Has anyone had success freezing decorated gingerbread?

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MimiFix Posted 21 Nov 2011 , 12:47am
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All recipes are different; while gingerbread cookies typically have a long shelf life, you must do testing to find out how long yours will last.

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bakingpw Posted 21 Nov 2011 , 1:31am
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Some cookies actually need time for the flavors to meld. This is especially true for spicy cookies such as lebkuchen and gingerbread. I've made, baked and iced gingerbread cookies and then frozen successfully. Typically, I begin holiday cookies the day after thanksgiving.

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ZlatkaT Posted 22 Nov 2011 , 12:56pm
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I've tested my GB cookies, and they were still good after 3 weeks. They would slowly harden by time. I froze them with a good result, but I noticed, that the smell of spice is not as strong when frozen. I like my cookies fresh, let say max 2 weeks.

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mo63 Posted 26 Nov 2011 , 9:43am
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Can I just butt into this thread and ask a quick question?

I have never made these cookies before. I have seen pictures of spiced cookies with ribbon threaded through and hung on the christmas tree. How long do they stay fresh unwrapped? Are they meant to be left unwrapped on your tree, I really have no idea.

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scp1127 Posted 26 Nov 2011 , 10:13am
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There are recipes for inedible cookie ornaments. You can use brown food coloring to change them from sugar to spice to gingerbread. Animals won't bother them.

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mo63 Posted 26 Nov 2011 , 10:37am
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I want a recipe that can be eaten!

Also can somebody tell me what NFSC is?

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ickworthpark Posted 26 Nov 2011 , 12:25pm
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NFSC stands for no fail sugar cookie and you will find a recipe here if you search.

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mo63 Posted 26 Nov 2011 , 1:04pm
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Thank you for that, I will look.

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